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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

South Central Enforcement

“The Environmental Protection Agency will use a full range of compliance and enforcement strategies and tools to aggressively pursue pollution problems that make a difference in communities targeting the most serious water, air and chemical hazards,” said EPA, Region 6, Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Director, John Blevins.

Our vision is to make environmental compliance commonplace to achieve clean air, water, and land. Our mission is to protect and sustain human health and the environment by ensuring compliance with Federal environmental laws in partnership with our States and Tribes.

Who We Are

Inspections, Enforcement and NEPA Actions in Region 6

2015 Update to Supplemental Environmental Projects policy (59 pp, 814 K)

2014 Annual Report (2 MB, 20pp)

2015 Regional Priorities

Air Enforcement
- Preventing Releases of Extremely Hazardous Substances
- Investigating Specific Manufacturers as part of the first national initiative
- Working with Industry to Reduce Flaring

Hazardous Waste Enforcement
- Ensuring Hazardous Waste Management Practices are Legal
- Ensuring Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and/or Disposal Facilities are Permitted

Water Enforcement
- Ensuring Proper Managing of Brine Spills from Oil & Gas Operations
- Ensuring Everyone's Water is Safe to Drink


CAED In the News and Other Actions

DWD Engineering, Houston, Texas:
On March 18, 2015, a Consent Agreement and Final Order was issued to DWD Engineering (DWD) of Houston, Texas to resolve RCRA violations discovered during the review of data from DWD’s hazardous waste activities.  The data revealed that on several occasions, DWD generated quantities of waste that triggered the large quantity generator requirements, and during those periods, DWD continued to notify and operate as a conditionally exempt small quantity generator of hazardous waste.  DWD was identified based on the targeting efforts.  The CAFO requires the payment of $91,773 and compliance with RCRA regulations. 

Georgia-Pacific Wood Products South, LLC, Corrigan, TX:
On March 12, 2015, R6 filed a Consent Agreement and Final Order with the Regional Hearing Clerk settling an enforcement action with Georgia-Pacific Wood Products South, LLC.  The CAFO settles two General Duty Clause violations pursuant to 112(r)(1) of the Clean Air Act.  Specifically, the CAFO alleged that Georgia-Pacific failed to design and maintain a safe facility at two of their facilities by placing main vent fan controls under the sawdust collection bag house.  On April 26, 2014, there was a sawdust collection system fire at the Georgia-Pacific Corrigan, TX facility.  Five employees were critically injured and two were killed while returning from the main vent fan controls which they operated.  Georgia-Pacific has since relocated the main vent fan controls at the Corrigan, TX facility and at a second facility in Gurdon, AR.  The CAFO requires the Respondent to pay an administrative penalty of $75,000.00.

Enterprise Products Operating LLC, Houston, Texas
On March 4, 2015, EPA Region 6 filed a Clean Air Act Consent Agreement and Final Order for a violation of the General Duty Clause. The violation stems from the improper removal of hydrocarbons from a vessel on March 11, 2014, at the Shoup Gas Plant located in Corpus Christi, Texas causing a pyrophoric reaction which ignited the hydrocarbons and led to facility damage and injury to four contractors. The Respondent is required to pay an administrative penalty of $35,000. 

Diamond Green Diesel, LLC in Norco, Louisiana
On March 4, 2015, a Clean Air Act Consent Agreement and Final Order was filed, based on The General Duty Clause, against Diamond Green Diesel, LLC in Norco, Louisiana.  The CAFO was in response to a release of flammable substances from process piping due to internal corrosion and the resulting fire that caused significant property damage to the Norco facility on August 3-4, 2014.  Diamond Green Diesel, LLC failed to design and maintain a safe facility and did not take the necessary steps to prevent accidental releases, which are key components of the GDC.  Diamond Green Diesel, LLC has 30 days from the effective date of the CAFO to pay a civil penalty of $30,000. 

Si usted necesita más información en español, por favor contacte a la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA) Region 6,  División de Relaciones Exteriores al teléfono 214.665.2200 o si usted se encuentra en AR, LA, NM, OK, ó TX por favor llamar al teléfono 1-800-887-6063.

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